Cheektowaga travel ban lifted; nonessential driving still banned in Buffalo, Lackawanna

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(updated at 6:50 am on Tuesday)

Buffalo and Lackawanna remain under travel bans as of Tuesday morning.

Cheektowaga is now under a travel advisory, along with the rest of Erie County, county officials reported early Tuesday.

The county remains in a state of emergency as crews continue to clean up the deadly Christmas weekend blizzard.

Travel bans were lifted early Sunday morning in Genesee and Niagara counties.

(Erie County)

Many areas of Erie County are no longer banned, but officials have cautioned motorists.

For example, the town of Tonawanda on Monday advised anyone who “has to go out” to “be careful on the road, especially when approaching or passing intersections.”

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Authorities are urging the public not to travel to areas where travel bans are in place. The situation outside is life threatening and emergency vehicles are stuck on the streets.

Prohibition prohibits the movement of persons other than emergency responders. No unnecessary travel is advised under travel advisories.

The thruway remains closed to all traffic from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania border.

“Thruway will remain closed until further notice,” Ho-Chol said around 12:30 pm on Monday. We are deciding if we can open.”

The Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge have reopened, but the Peace Bridge remains closed to traffic to Canada, according to NITTEC.

A complete list of regional highway closures can be found on the Niagara International Transport Technology Coalition website.

Those roads also remain closed as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to NITTEC.

• Route 219 from Peters Road, Ashford to Buffalo

• Route 400 from Interstate 90 in Western Seneca to Olean Road in Aurora.

• Route 5 from Interstate 190 in Buffalo to Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

• US 93 from US 5 to Tonawanda Creek Road in Newstead.

• I-990 between I-290 and Millersport Highway.

• I-190 between Niagara Falls Main Thruway and Buffalo Avenue.

• I-290, the entire length of the main thruway to I-190.

Strong winds and snowstorms have caused major winter storms in many US states, including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wyoming.

News staff reporter Barb O’Brien contributed to this report.

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